Many players such as C.C. Sabathia have been involved with trade rumors, but should Sabathia be traded, or should someone else be part of these rumors? As we encounter the trade deadline, teams will be making deals; some will hurt while others will push the team into the postseason.
CLEVELAND INDIANS: As the Indians continue fall in the AL Central, it might be time to start to ship out veterans such as Sabathia and Travis Hafner for young talent.
One team the Indians could be involved with is the Oakland Athletics. The A's look like a team that is going to challenge the Angels for the top spot in the AL West. Oakland is going to need a No. 2 or even No. 1 starter to get into the playoffs. Sabathia would easily fit that bill, and would arguably become the staff ace.
Now, I'm not saying Cleveland should give up, but for the Indians to contend with the White Sox and Tigers next season, they are going to need offense. The A's have young offensive talent in outfielders Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Sweeney, and Emil Brown. Before injuring himself this season, Brown looked like the star of the A's lineup. Gonzalez is a top prospect acquired in the Dan Haren deal, Brown is a .270 hitter who scouts believe can drive in runs with above-average power, while Sweeney projects as a .300 hitter.
There looks like potential for a good deal for both teams.
TAMPA BAY RAYS: The Rays are going to have to fight with the Red Sox all season, that much we know. But what we don't know is how good this team's rotation will be when August and September roll around.
The Rays are going to need to add another pitcher to either the front or back of their rotation. There are many pitchers who might catch the Rays' eye. One being Mariners so-called ace Erik Bedard. Bedard, who has not met the Mariners' expectations, is the frontrunner on the struggling Mariners team to be traded. The only question with Bedard is if he will be healthy at the end of the season.
Another pitcher who would fit nicely in the end of the Rays rotation is Kansas City Royals starter Brian Bannister. Bannister had a solid beginng of the season, but has since cooled off. He obviously knows how to pitch, it's just a matter of whether he can get his stuff going each time he takes the mound.
Another big problem for the Rays is who they would trade for these pitchers. A trade might mess up the chemistry of this team, but a trade would most likely be a do-or-die deal need in this Cinderella story.
CHICAGO CUBS: Currently the Cubs are baseball's best team, but that doesn't mean they are doomed to fall apart. The Cubs are most likely going to do everything to make sure that doesn't happen.
Chicago has a few minor-league players it would be interested in trading for another pitcher: outfielder Felix Pie, second baseman Eric Patterson, and shortstop Andres Blanco.
The Cubs are rumored to desire Texas Rangers pitcher Kevin Millwood for the middle of their rotation. But who the Cubs may really have their eye on is Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch. Litsch is 7-2 with an ERA in the high threes. Litsch would be a solid pitcher in the heart of the Cubs rotation.
NEW YORK YANKEES: The Yankees have worked their way back into the AL East, but are still five games behind the Boston Red Sox and three-and-a-half games behind the Rays. Surprisingly, Mike Mussina is off to a great start, but now with Chien-Ming Wang out for at least six weeks, the Yankees are going to need another arm on the squad.
Joba Chamberlain has shown improvement since his first start, but the Yankees can't pray for him to be a stud by September. The Yankees don't have many players on their major-league team that they are willing to give, nor do they have many popular players in their minor-league system. The Yankees are going to have to put a lot of thought into a trade, making sure they are not giving up too much for a pitcher.
C.C. Sabathia's name has been thrown around, but what about Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants? Cain has incredible talent, but is struggling to get the run support he needs in Frisco. You can't look at Cain's wins and losses; look at his strikeouts and ERA—they paint a better story. The Giants are also willing to trade Cain for good young talent, such as 17-year-old Phenom pitcher Arodys Vizcaino from the Dominican Republic.
Whatever the happens in the next few weeks, you can almost be sure, if they are not in first, Steinbrenner will make a move.